All made under 10 minutes of cook time, Instant Pot Applesauce is a great dessert top-up that is kids’ all-time favorite. Pepped up with a pinch of cinnamon and lemon juice, this applesauce recipe is perfect to start your instant pot cooking!
Since the day, I have brought an Instant Pot at home, my life has become easier. And as I have more time now, I keep trying new recipes with this amazing appliance.
Mostly, one of the easiest yet very soothing recipe that I have ever tried this season has to be this chunky Applesauce.
This homemade applesauce is decadent, texture-y, and unbeatable.
Yes, the ready-made ones are easy to pick from the aisle.
But, guys, trust me, it is pure joy to blend the apples together at home and see this little chunky, fresh sauce getting made right in front of your eyes!
I, in particular, loved relishing this sauce during my Iceland trip. Though it gets served with Mac and Cheese many times, I loved slurping it as it is.
Because of so much freshness and fruit in one morsel, heaven!
In order to make this simple sauce at home, it is important that you choose the right kind of apples. The texture is of utmost importance.
That’s why I picked up granny smith and Honeycrisp apples because they are the best and give different taste palettes to the sauce.
Especially relevant is to mention that I have not added any extra sugar to this sauce. Hence, you can savor it without any worries.
Although I have used Instant Pot to make it you can surely make Pressure Cooker Applesauce or even a Slow Cooker version of this.
Here are some more Homemade Sauce recipes, that you can try at home – Best Bechamel Sauce, Homemade Pizza Sauce, Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce, Boom Boom Sauce, Homemade Thai Peanut Sauce, Creamy Garlic Parmesan Sauce and Chinese Schezwan Sauce.
What is an Instant Apple Sauce?
This Apple Sauce recipe is so easy and quick, that you won’t ever get this sauce from the market.
In this recipe, apples are cooked along with lemon juice, ground cinnamon, and water. It just takes 10 minutes to make this sauce, with just a few simple ingredients.
This Applesauce recipe will surely remind you of the inside of an apple pie. So next time, you want an apple sauce, do make it at home!
You can even add nutmeg powder and vanilla extract if you like it to be more flavourful.
This Sauce is:
- No Added Sugar
- 3 ingredients
Pro Tips by Neha
Do add a cup of water while making this sauce so that you get the desired consistency and the sauce doesn’t turn all chunky.
In order to get thick and chunky applesauce, use chopped apples but do not peel them.
I have not added salt to it but if you like then you may add a pinch of it to give a twist to its taste.
If your apples are not sweet enough, add a little bit of sugar to the sauce for added flavor.
If you like your applesauce super smooth, use an immersion blender to blend the sauce until it is smooth.
Enjoy this slurp up as a dessert or pair it up with a savory dish on a lazy weekend brunch. Chances are high that you shall rave about it to everyone later. Leaving you with its recipe. Bon appetit!
Chunky Vs Smooth Applesauce
I have prepared Chunky Applesauce here, but if you want smooth apple sauce you can blend the sauce to a smooth texture with the help of a blender.
Which Apples are best for this recipe?
After many trials, I have found that using a mix of apples works best to make great applesauce.
Some apples have a distinct sweetness to them and some are tart and a mix of all the different flavors together makes very complex and superior applesauce with minimal effort.
In this recipe, I have used Granny Smith which is slightly tart and Honey Crisps which are very sweet.
You can also use Fuji and Golden apples along with these two for a more mature flavor.
How to make it over stovetop?
To make applesauce over a stovetop, add the ingredients in a pot and cover and cook until apples are softened.
Mash using a potato masher if you want a chunky sauce or use an immersion blender to blend it until smooth.
How to store Applesauce?
You can store the Apple sauce in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks in an airtight container.
Can you freeze Applesauce?
Yes, you can freeze this Apple Sauce in ziplock freezer bags or an airtight container and enjoy it through the year.
I like to eat this applesauce just on its own as a snack.
You can serve it on the top of your Ice cream.
You can top your yogurt with some applesauce, granola, and fruits and make your own yogurt bowl.
Top oatmeal with applesauce for a lovely taste and texture in each bite.
Use this sauce in your baking. I have heard it’s a great alternative for eggs.
Mix it with BBQ sauce and make grilled chicken, shrimps, or beef with the marinade.
How to make it in slow cooker?
Just add in all the ingredients in the slow cooker and cook it on high for about 3 to 4 hours.
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How to make it Step by Step
Add the chopped apples in the Instant Pot.
Add water, lemon juice, and ground cinnamon and close the lid of the Instant Pot.
Press the PRESSURE COOK button and set the timer for 8 minutes.
Once the timer is off, let the Instant pot rest for 5 minutes and then release the pressure manually.
Open the lid of the Instant Pot. Mash the apples using a potato masher.
Instant Pot Applesauce Recipe
- 2 Granny Smith Apples (Peeled, cored and chopped)
- 4 Honey Crisp Apples (Peeled, cored and chopped)
- 1 cup Water
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- ½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- Add the chopped apples in the Instant pot.
- Add water, lemon juice and ground cinnamon and close the lid of the Instant Pot.
- Press PRESSURE COOK button and set the timer for 8 minutes.
- Once the timer is off, let the Instant pot rest for 5 minutes and then release the pressure manually.
- Open the lid of the Instant pot.
- Mash the apples using a potato masher.
- You can also blend the sauce in a blender if you like it smooth.
- You can add little bit of brown sugar if you feel the sauce is not sweet enough.
- Transfer the sauce in a glass jar and refrigerate for 7-10 days.
- Do add a cup of water while making this sauce so that you get the desired consistency and the sauce doesn’t turn all chunky.
- In order to get a thick and chunky applesauce, use chopped apples but do not peel them.
- I have not added salt to it but if you like then you may add a pinch of it to give a twist to its taste.
- If your apples are not sweet enough, add a little bit of sugar to the sauce for added flavour.
- If you like your applesauce super smooth, use an immersion blender to blend the sauce until it is smooth.